Florida’s Governor Jeb Bush(L) shakes hands with his brother President George W. Bush, as they step off Marine One, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida on 09 May 2006. President Bush praised his brother Jeb as an “excellent” leader who would make a “great president” of the United States, according to news accounts.
ASSociated Press: A 3rd President Bush? First 2 All for It
Could there be a third President Bush? The current chief said Wednesday that younger brother Jeb would make a great one, too, and has asked him about making a run. The first President Bush likes the idea as well.
Jeb Bush, the Republican governor of Florida, has one asset that his presidential brother doesn’t right now â€” approval from most of his constituents. While George W. Bush’s approval ratings are in the low 30s, some 55 percent of Florida voters surveyed last month by Quinnipiac University said Jeb was doing a good job.
The governor has repeatedly said he won’t be a candidate for president in 2008, but that doesn’t stop his family from encouraging him to go for it some day.
“I would like to see Jeb run at some point in time, but I have no idea if that’s his intention or not,” the president said in an interview with Florida reporters, according to an account on the St. Petersburg Times Web site.
He said his brother would make “a great president” and that he had “pushed him fairly hard about what he intends to do.”
“I truly don’t think he knows,” Bush said.
Jeb Bush, 53, will end his second term as governor in January. His brother George ends his second presidential term in January 2009. Neither can seek re-election because of term limits.
Flap has met Jeb Bush. He is personable, bright and articulate.
Look for him to be appointed to a Cabinet position after he leaves the Florida Governor’s mansion. If Rudy Giuliani pulls out of the 2008 Presidential race look for a Jeb Bush draft.
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